May Lee '08 I am a 2008 Hamline University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies and a Paralegal Certificate. The knowledge and skills I acquired from Hamline have continued to be a valuable guide and resource in my position as a paralegal. I am more confident as a paralegal and as an individual as a result of my education. There were two courses in particular, Legal Research and Writing and Senior Seminar in Legal Studies, that provided me with basic, yet crucial information to conduct legal research and also improved my writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills. Shortly after graduation I was offered a position as a Litigation Support Case Assistant with a downtown Minneapolis law firm. As a Case Assistant I provided support to both litigation paralegals and attorneys. My primary duties included organizing documents, scanning and copying client documents, conduct searches in various databases, and set up matters in various databases. Two years later I decided it was time for a change and was offered my first Paralegal position with Xcel Energy. My work load consists primarily of workers’ compensation and litigation matters. Some of my current duties include gathering and collecting electronic documents with a forensic device, drafting correspondence and pleadings, conducting research on plaintiffs and claimants, and reviewing documents. I would strongly encourage paralegal students to start searching for jobs well in advance before graduation, get to know other paralegals and ask questions, and take on any and all assignments with a positive attitude.